Nanda’s death Shocking, Says Mala Sinha

Yesteryear actress Nanda, known for her roles in nhits like Hum Dono, Kala Bazaar, Jab jab Phool Khile, Shor, Gumnam and the song less Ittefaaq. She Nanda 3starred in two song less films both by BR Chopra and Yash Chopra Kanoon and Ittefaaq and both were hits. Nanda passed away at her bungalow on Yari Road, Versova in Mumbai at the age of 75.

Nanda was born to Marathi stage actor Master Vinayak and Meenakshi in 1939. But when she was just eight years old her father died and she had to enter films as Baby Nanda. She got her first adult role as Dev Anand’s sister in Kala Bazaar. After Dev promised to he that she will be his heroine with him. So she bagged the lead role in Hum Dono along with Sadhna. Dev and Nanda again paired together in Teen Deviyaan along with Kalpana and Simi Grewal.

Nanda worked alongside another big heroine of her time Mala Sinha in Dhool Ka Phool another hit and Yash Chopra’s directorial debut film.  Mala Sinha said, “we used to appreciate each other’s  shots and she was always cooperative. I have lost a good friend with Nanda’s passing away. It’s really shocking for me.”

Nanda’s another memorable film was Bhabhi with Balraj Sahni and comedian Jagdeep as her hero. The song “tie laga ke mana ban gaye janab hero” bwcame very popular on Binaca Geetmala in the late fifties.

Shor was another memorable film with Manoj Kumar and had the immortal song “ek pyaar ka nagma hai, maujo ki ravaani hai, zindagi aur kuchh bhi nahin teri meri kahaani  hai.”

Nanda was one of the teo actresses who never got married. The opther being Asha Parekh. Nanda is not known to have been linked up with any actor but reports are there of her getting engaged to Manmohan Desai who was already married and with children. But before that could happen, Desai committed suicide. Nanda never married after that.


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Ashok Kumar is an accomplished journalist with over 38 years of experience in the profession in various capacities. He was a sub-editor in Patriot and later Chief Sub-editor in The Hindustan Times, New Delhi. He has several published articles and reports in Patriot and HT. Published reports in The Blacktown Sun in Sydney. He had also been a tutor in journalism in the University of Western Sydney. He is currently Editor at The Indian Sub-continent Times, Sydney.

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